Over one year after the Coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a screeching halt, with countries where vaccination has been ramped up, we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
As reported by NL Times last Friday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that the government will press ahead with the easing of a large number of coronavirus restrictions on June 5.
Health minister de Jonge also announced that many adults will still have to wait till mid-July to get their first vaccine shots as they also take into consideration vaccinating children between 12-15 years like other countries such as the United States have already begun doing.
In hopeful and promising news for the shattered live music and events industry, the health minister, Hugo de Jonge, also said that concerts, festivals, and many events will also be allowed to welcome ticketed attendees if they use coronavirus test results to regulate entrance.
This is a promising sign for events in the Netherlands, such as the Amsterdam Dance Event which will celebrate 25 years this October.
Making use of a Coronavirus passport of sorts through a contact tracing App, the health minister said, “If you buy a ticket for a test-accessible event, you can make an appointment for a test. After that, you create an admission ticket with the Coronamelder app.”
However, those who are fully vaccinated will most likely be able to bypass the testing requirements. The announcement also revealed that if all goes well in this phase, further restrictions are set to be lifted on June 30th as well.
While neighbouring Belgium which is home to the mammoth Tomorrowland has so far not announced any changes in their covid restrictions yet. They have however announced that they are keen to fully reopen on September 1st, in a bid to return to some semblance of normalcy. However, this announcement may influence their decisions to allow a return to live music and events sooner.